The House of Sand


1h 43m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Aurea is brought to the northern Brazilian town of Maranhao by her insane husband Vasco, who suffers from delusions that the barren land may be profitably farmed. A calamitous turn of events leaves Aurea, now pregnant, and her mother Maria alone in the desert in a house full of sand. They eventually

Film Details

Also Known As
Casa de Areia, House of Sand
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Globo TV; Telemage
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Arp; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Trigon Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Synopsis

Aurea is brought to the northern Brazilian town of Maranhao by her insane husband Vasco, who suffers from delusions that the barren land may be profitably farmed. A calamitous turn of events leaves Aurea, now pregnant, and her mother Maria alone in the desert in a house full of sand. They eventually find friendship and food through Massu, who lives at a quilombo (a self-sustaining society originally formed by escaped slaves). Aurea wrestles with her unhappy fate but slowly grows accustomed to the new rhythm of life in the dunes. Years pass and we find Aurea at peace in the desert, while her wild and sexually promiscuous daughter Maria lacks social propriety. Maria yearns to see the outside world and her dream is eventually fulfilled.

Film Details

Also Known As
Casa de Areia, House of Sand
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Globo TV; Telemage
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Arp; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Trigon Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

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Released in United States 2006

Released in United States August 2006

Released in United States February 2006

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States on Video December 12, 2006

Released in United States September 2005

Released in United States Summer August 11, 2006

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Special) February 9-19, 2006.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Showcase) August 14-27, 2006.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (World Cinema) April 20-May 4, 2006.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Dramatic Competition) January 19-29, 2006.

Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (International Showcase) June 22-July 2, 2006.

Shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentations) September 8-17, 2005.

Sony Pictures acquired North American rights to project the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (World Cinema) April 20-May 4, 2006.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (International Showcase) June 22-July 2, 2006.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 25-June 18, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Dramatic Competition) January 19-29, 2006.)

Released in United States February 2006 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Special) February 9-19, 2006.)

Released in United States August 2006 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Showcase) August 14-27, 2006.)

Released in United States Summer August 11, 2006

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentations) September 8-17, 2005.)

Released in United States on Video December 12, 2006